ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Shoulder Joint Replacement

Updated on July 3, 2015

A short explanation to my followers of why I have not been writing hubs for a month or so. After suffering pain in my right shoulder for many years, and having already had my left shoulder's ball replaced two years ago, my consultant decided to replace the right shoulder ball joint. I had been attending his clinic as an out patient while the extent of the damage to my shoulder was assessed.

On May 4th I went into the Orthopaedic Centre at the hospital. The efficiency of the staff could not be criticised in any way. They were all marvellous. After a few checks I walked into the anaesthetic department and lay on a bed. I was told to look to my left and that I would feel a small scraping sensation on my neck. It was quickly over and then a small syringe was emptied into my left hand.

The next thing I knew was that I was waking up in the ward with my right arm in a sling. I knew nothing about the operating theatre, the operation itself or the people who did such a great job on me. I stayed in the hospital overnight and dutifully took the painkiller tablets before going to sleep, but truthfully I didn't need them as I felt no pain. I was up after four hours as I don't ever sleep for long periods and I spent the rest of the night drinking tea with the duty nurses. The following morning after seeing a Physio who told me not to exert my arm and to keep the sling on for four weeks I was released and went home.

Two weeks after the operation I went back to the day clinic and they Xrayed me and showed me the result. The ball and the pin going down into my humerus bone is exactly like this one:

My replacement

An excellent job

If nonoperative treatments fail, as mine did initially, injections with steroids were a temporary relief, then shoulder replacement surgery could be needed. The shoulder replacements are usually done to relieve pain. Mine has certainly done that.

There are several different types of shoulder replacements. The usual total shoulder replacement involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem, and a plastic socket. These come in various sizes. If the bone is of good quality, your surgeon may choose to use a non-cemented or press-fit humeral component. If the bone is soft, the humeral component may be implanted with bone cement.

Another type of shoulder replacement is called reverse total shoulder replacement, where the ball is implanted where your socket was and the new socket inserted where your ball was. Reverse total shoulder replacement is used for people who have completely torn rotator cuffs and suffer the effects of severe athritis.

Reverse shoulder operation

Rehabilitation

A rehabilitation program is essential to the success of a shoulder replacement. It starts with gentle physical therapy. An arm sling is worn during the first several weeks after surgery. Patients are able to perform simple activities such as eating, dressing and grooming within 2 weeks after surgery, but in my case I found it difficult to raise my right arm to shave, clean my teeth etc, so I had to use my left, which is not easy for a right hander. Driving a car is not allowed for 6 weeks after surgery.

The do's and don'ts when you return home:

Don't use the arm to lever yourself up out of a chair or the bed.

Overuse of the arm could result in future limitations.

Do the exercises prescribed by your physiotherapist.

Do not engage in lifting anything heavy.

Avoid placing your arm in any extreme position, such as straight out to the side or behind your body for the first 6 weeks after surgery.



I know I will have an improved quality of life after the shoulder joint replacement, as there will be no more of the agonising pain I suffered from before the operation. There will be less pain, improved motion and strength, and better function.

I'm so glad I had it done, and to anyone who suffers from severe shoulder pain, I would recommend you get the advice of a consultant and if he says you need a replacement joint, go for it.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks, fozamax, Doing nicely now thank you.

    • profile image

      Fosamax Recall 7 years ago

      That's good news. Hope you're doing well. Nice hub.

    • profile image

      Fosamax Recall 7 years ago

      That's good news. Hope you're doing well. Nice hub.

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for commenting.

    • profile image

      DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit 7 years ago

      So glad to hear that you had a good experience with your shoulder replacement, unlike the thousands of patients that are experiencing the painful side effects from the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement systems. Thanks for the info scarytaff!

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks, Fosamax Lawsuit. It's been nearly a year since the last operation and using the shoulder gets easier every day. Thanks for the comment.

    • profile image

      Fosamax Lawsuit 7 years ago

      Glad you came out alright from all replacement procedure. Interesting hub, scarytaff.

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      sorry, clicked it twice.

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      Pcunix, you're welcome. Tall her to get it done. I have no more pain.

    • Pcunix profile image

      Tony Lawrence 8 years ago from SE MA

      I was very interested in this as my wife may need to have shoulder surgery. I'll be sending her this link!

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      Great to hear you've had a good experience too, Putz. Thanks for the comment.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      I had my right should replace in December of 2003, no regrets and as you have already said , takes about 3 to 4 month to recover.

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      Hey, Ralwus. Hope your problems are sorted out soon. Nothing worse than the constant pain you're feeling now. Be cool, partner, it will get better.

    • scarytaff profile image
      Author

      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      Hi, Hello, Hello, thanks for your input. It's great to be back.

    • profile image

      ralwus 8 years ago

      Wow! I wondered where you were. Glad you got it taken care of, now you can write, among other things. I need that done on my Ford, I think. LOL both shoulders are all rusty. My knee is bad, but I don't want to go that route just yet. No pain, that is some miracle then. Lucky you. Take care of it now. Charlie

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      It is defintely nice to hear (read) from you again and especially with such good news. Nothing worse than suffering pain all the time. Welcome back and wish you well.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)